A Foot in Coldwater
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Its original lineup of musicians included Alex Machin (vocals), Bob Horne (keyboard), Paul Naumann (guitar), Danny Taylor (drums), and Hughie Leggat (bass guitar and vocals). A Foot in Coldwater is best known for the song "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want", which was a Canadian hit single in 1972 and 1974.
A Foot in Coldwater was formed in Toronto in 1970 from three other bands. Leggat, Taylor, and Horne had been members of Nucleus, and the Lords of London. Machin and Naumann were in the band Island. Together, they signed a recording contract with Frank Davies of Daffodil Records, who named the new band "A Foot in Coldwater".
In 1972, Daffodil released the band's first record album, A Foot in Coldwater. The first single off that album, "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want", reached the top 25 on the Canadian record charts. In 1973, Daffodil released the second album, The Second Foot in Coldwater. It included the moderately successful singles "(Isn’t Love Unkind) In My Life" (#34) and "Love is Coming" (#27). In 1974, Daffodil released released a third A Foot in Coldwater album, All Around Us. This album included a shorter version of "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want", which again made the Canadian singles chart. In 1976, Daffodil released one more A Foot in Coldwater single, "Midnight Lady". However, Daffodil had filed for bankruptcy and the band no longer had a record label. Horne left A Foot in Coldwater at this point.
In 1977, the remaining members of A Foot in Coldwater recorded a single, "Breaking Through" for Anthem Records; however, the single was a commercial failure and the band subsequently split up.
In 1988, A Foot in Coldwater regrouped for several short tours. In 1994, the heavy metal band Helix recorded their version of "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want". It is described as "a sleepy ballad" by AllMusic.In 1998, Unidisc Music reissued the first three A Foot in Coldwater albums along with a two-disc compilation album, The Very Best of A Foot in Coldwater.
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Paul Naumann (April 8, 1952 – October 20, 2009): Guitars
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Hughie Leggat: Bass, vocals
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Bob Horne: Keyboards
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Danny Taylor: Drums
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A Foot in Coldwater
Daffodil SBA 16012 1972
CD Unidisc AGEK 2158 1998
The Second Foot in Coldwater
Daffodil SBA 16028 1973
CD Unidisc AGEK 2159 1998
All Around Us
Daffodil DAF 10048 1974
CD Unidisc AGEK 2160 1998
Anthem ANR 1 1008 1977
Anthem have "NOT" issued a CD
Footprints Vol. 1
Daffodil DFN 665 1983
CD BEI BEIBD 25
Footprints Vol. 2
Daffodil DFN 666 1983
CD BEI BEIBD 26
A FOOT IN COLDWATER 'BEST OF' (2CD)
CD Unidisc AGEK 2 2161 1998
(Make Me Do) Anything You Want / Alone Together
DFS 1017 1972
(Isn’t Love Unkind) In My Life / Deep Freeze
DFS 1028 1972
(UK issue: Island WIP 6162, 3/1973)
Lady True / In Heat
DFS 1033 1973
Love Is Coming / How Much Can You Take
DFS 1040 1973
So Long / Who Can Stop Us Now
DFS 1046 1973
(Make Me Do) Anything You Want / Para-Dice
DFS 1058 1974
I Know What You Need / He’s Always There (Watching You)
DIL 1065 1974
Midnight Lady / All Around Us
DFS 1216-1068 1975
Keep A Candle Burning / It’s Only Love
DFS 1087 1976
Breaking Through / Play My Guitar
ANS 002 1977
- Vollmer, Brian (2004). Gimme An R! the story of Brian Vollmer, lead vocalist of Helix. Ball Media Corporation. ISBN 0-9739849-0-2.
- Eduardo Rivadavia, [Review of Walkin' the Razor's Edge], AllMusic